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2023 Cyber Threat Predictions

As we move towards the end of 2022, now is the time to take a look back at the major trends from the last eleven months and identify what might happen from a cyber threat perspective in 2023. 2022 will likely be remembered for several reasons; notably the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the world recovering […]

NATO Leaders are Meeting at the Madrid Summit 2022: What is going to happen?

Today, the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are gathering in Madrid, Spain for their annual Summit, where leaders from the 30 member countries meet to discuss the key issues facing the Alliance. This year’s Summit will be critical for the imminent and long-term future of this military and political defensive alliance, and […]

What we’re reading this month: May 2022

Where is the year going? It only seems like yesterday that we celebrated the turn of the year, with the end of May also coming up fast. With that turn of the month, it is of course time for our team of talented analysts to give an update on what’s caught their attention this month.  […]

Intelligence Collection Plans: Preparation breeds success

It’s been a little over a month since I wrote about how intelligence requirements (IRs) can help plan a cyber response to major incidents. At the end of that blog, I mentioned that the next step in the intelligence cycle, collection, involves creating an intelligence collection plan (ICP) to help guide research. In this blog, […]

Russia’s Second Front: The War on Information

You would think that it would be nearly impossible to industrialize propaganda in the 21st century, especially with the tremendous number of independent news outlets, media resources, and diverse social media content that is accessible to us all. However, the war between Russia and Ukraine is highlighting how information can be weaponized and distorted.  If […]

The Russia-Ukraine War And The Revival Of Hacktivism

The international reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has manifested in a few distinct ways, as outlined in our previous reporting. This includes humanitarian efforts, wide-ranging sanctions, and businesses halting operations in Russia. Another notable response is the resurgence of hacktivism. A variety of hacktivist attacks have been conducted, with a significant number, unsurprisingly, […]

Beijing 2022: Why you should or shouldn’t care about the Winter Olympics

When asked to write about the Winter Olympic Games this year, I immediately thought about my alpine holiday in Niseko. Those fun-and-games were two years ago, and little did I know I would not be setting my feet on a slope till…I have no idea when (thank you, COVID-19). It looks like the 2022 Winter […]

Strategic Threat Intelligence and You: What Does It All Mean?

What is strategic threat intelligence? In another blog about tactical threat intelligence, we talked about how tactical and strategic threat intelligence complement each other. Tactical intelligence is a tree, and strategic intelligence is the forest. Strategic intelligence might be a threat landscape report focused on a particular industry, technology, or region; or it could be […]

Tactical Threat Intelligence and You: What Does It All Mean?

What is tactical threat intelligence? If threat intelligence is the umbrella, within that umbrella lies strategic and tactical intelligence, next to their operational and technical intelligence siblings. Whereas operational intelligence focuses primarily on your business and technical intelligence is based more on adversary technology, your everyday tactical intelligence typically helps feed information to the defenders. […]

Let’s Talk About Intel Requirements

At Digital Shadows (now ReliaQuest) we get excited about intelligence. In fact, we’ve talked about it more than once before. One of the problems with any specialized job function is that it often has its own lexicon.As intelligence analysts at heart, we don’t mean to, but sometimes it’s us pushing a book of complicated words, […]